Inducted in 2014
Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2013, Thompson Engineering is a significant asset to the state and region. The firm is committed to engineering excellence through the planning, design and construction of major economic development projects. Thompson Engineering is an employee-owned, multi-disciplined engineering firm with more than 300 employees in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, Louisiana and Texas.
Thompson Engineering’s contributions to the state of Alabama began in 1953 under the direction of Vester J. Thompson Jr., and his leadership set the foundation for the multi-service company. Thompson operated an exploration drilling, materials testing, construction inspection and chemistry laboratory firm dedicated to the quality assurance of construction in Mobile and the surrounding areas.
By the 1970s, Thompson Engineering had hired professional engineers specializing in geotechnical engineering and environmental sciences, launching one of the Southeast’s most diverse engineering firms. The company’s work can be seen at major landmarks in Alabama, and its projects stretch from the Gulf of Mexico to the East Coast. Its legacy includes economic development contributions, sustainable design for industrial and commercial development, environmental stewardship, coastal conservation and recovery projects, a safety program continually lauded for its comprehensive employee training and community service.
At Thompson Engineering, health and safety, community and responsible stewardship of the environment are top priorities. This commitment is proven by the multiple awards given by the Associated Builders and Contractors and Associated General Contractors, including the ABC’s Eagle Award for Alabama’s Safest Company in 2009, 2010 and 2011; Thompson’s recognition by the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce as the only three-time recipient of the Corporate Community Service Award; and Partners for Progress annual environmental stewardship award in 2013. Also in 2013, the firm was named an American Council of Engineering Companies of Alabama award winner for its lead role in the design of the Austal Cove Reclamation project, which created valuable land area to help Austal increase its shipbuilding capabilities. In 2009, ACEC recognized Thompson with the Engineering Excellence Award for its contribution to the design and construction of the new Gulf State Park Pier located on the Gulf of Mexico at the Alabama State Park in Gulf Shores.
The Thompson Holdings Foundation was established in 2004 to honor Vester J. Thompson Jr. and other dedicated employees. The Foundation has assisted more than 100 charitable programs and has donated $400,000 in grants and scholarships.
Thompson Engineering is a subsidiary of Thompson Holdings Inc. Its sister companies are Watermark Design Group, an architectural and interior design firm, and Thompson Consulting Services, a disaster recovery consulting firm. As a group, the three firms provide a broad range of architectural and engineering services.